Aloe karasbergensis

Photo by Clivid

Sure to make a dramatic statement in any dry garden bed, even when not in bloom! This handsome thick-leaved “Karasburg Coral Aloe” reaches about 2-3’ high and wide, with showy bluish-green tapered leaves highlighted by cream-colored longitudinal lines that take on a pretty pink blush in full sun. Borne in alternate, opposing pairs, the fleshy leaves create a neat symmetrical appearance. It’s also devoid of spiny points, making this a “friendly” aloe. In late Winter, sturdy protruding stems (to 18” tall), branch out to form an airy candelabra of tubular 1” flowers ranging in color from pink to red and are tipped in green. Hummers love them! Hailing from the Namibian desert in S. Africa, it is extremely drought tolerant and can prosper with no summer water. Given its modest size, it can easily be grown in a container if so desired. Plant in fast-draining soil. Plants reach mature size in 3-4 years. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Low/No Summer Water

Perennial Succulent
USDA zones 9-10